Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow's The LEGO Movie is the domestic box office champ for the third weekend in a row. Elsewhere, Frozen races past $980 million globally to become the number two animated title of all time, not accounting for inflation.
Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow's The LEGO Movie is the box office champ for the third weekend in a row. The 3D animated film once again topped the North American box office, taking in $31.5 million and pushing its domestic total to $183.2 million. Globally, the 3D animated feature -- bringing the world's most popular toy line to the big screen for the first time -- crossed the $275 million mark.
From Relativity and EuropaCorp, 3 Days to Kill came in second place at the North American box office with a $12.3 million opening. Directed by McG, the film cost a modest $28 million to produce. Based on a story by EuropaCorp's Luc Besson, 3 Days to Kill stars Kevin Costner as an international spy looking to give up his dangerous lifestyle and repair his relationships with his daughter and his wife. But first, he must complete one last mission, even as he looks after his teenage daughter for the first time in a decade. Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld andConnie Nielsen also star in the movie
Coming in third, Paul W.S. Anderson's big-budget spectacle Pompeii opened to a dismal $10 million -- considering the movie's $100 million budget -- while overseas the film took in $22.8 million for a worldwide total of $32.8 million. Set in A.D. 79, Pompeii recounts the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which destroyed the Roman city. Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Jessica Lucas star alongside Jared Harris and Kiefer Sutherland. Germany's Constantin Films fully financed Pompeii, resulting in limited financial exposure for Sony's TriStar, which is releasing the film domestically per its deal with FilmDistrict, which paid for marketing.
Sony and MGM's sci-fi remake RoboCop placed fourth in its second weekend at the box office, taking in $9.4 million for a domestic total of $43.6 million. Overseas, the film hit the $100 million mark.
George Clooney's Monuments Men, now in its third week out, came in fifth place with $8.1 million, raising the movie's domestic total to $58 million.
Sony's About Last Night remake came in sixth place, taking in $7.4 million over its second weekend out for a total of $38.2 million. The film, directed by Steve Pink, stars Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant.
Universal's Ride Along came in seventh place in its sixth weekend out, grossing $4.7 million for a North American total of $123.2 million.
Disney’s blockbuster animated feature Frozen came in eighth place, taking in $4.4 million for a total of $384.1 million over the film’s eight weeks at the North American box office. Elsewhere, Frozen crossed the $980 million mark at the global box office to become the second-highest grossing animated film of all time after fellow Disney/Pixar title Toy Story 3 ($1.1 billion), not accounting for inflation. The animated sensation is on track to reach $1 billion before opening in Japan on March 15th.
Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also claimed a milestone as its domestic total reached $423.6 million, making it the number 10 title of all time at the North American box office.
In ninth place, Universal’s Endless Love took in $4.3 million, pushing its domestic total is $20.1 million.
Rounding out the list at number 10, Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut, Winter’s Tale, brought in $2.1 million for a domestic total of $11.2 million. Adapted from Mark Helprin's novel, the $57 million Warner Bros. film stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay and Matt Bomer.
In limited release, Hayao Miyazaki's acclaimed 2D feature The Wind Rises made a solid showing, grossing $306,000 from 21 theaters.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opened to a very impressive $32.7 million in China this weekend, the biggest three-day start ever for Warner Bros. To date, Smaug has earned $894 million worldwide; it's set to reach Japan, its final market, on Friday.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.